Ready to lace up your boots and take a hike? Toccoa-Stephens County is home to miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Named “Top 200 Best Towns for Outdoorsmen” by Outdoor Life Magazine for some of our most popular trails like Tugaloo Bend Heritage Site, Panther Creek Trail, Frady Branch Trail System, and the Broad River Trail. Toccoa’s Panther Creek Trail, 3.5 miles with a view of lovely Panther Creek Falls, was named a “Top 100 Hikes in America.”
The Frady Branch Trail System, for hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bikers, is four interconnecting loops of gravel roads totaling 13.4 sometimes-tricky miles. For those seeking an easy, pleasant walk, the Broad River Trail provides 4.1 miles of gently rolling terrain and level elevation. Need a little more excitement? Take your ATV on the 9.4 miles of the Locust Stake ATV Trail System.
Currahee Mountain (Cherokee for “stands alone”) is the first mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountain chain, “The Great Blue Hills of God” according to the Cherokee. Explore it on foot or on a mountain bike. If you want to test yourself, take the Colonel Robert F. Sink Trail three miles up Currahee Mountain and three miles down. This is the famous training site of the 501st, 506th, 511th and 517th Parachute Infantry Regiments, who trained at Currahee Mountain during WWII.
For those seeking a fun-filled weekend on the water, we’ve got you covered. Lake Hartwell, the “Great Lake of the South,” is one of the largest reservoirs east of the Mississippi River. With nearly 56,000 acres of water and a shoreline of 962 miles, visitors enjoy excellent fishing, swimming, and all watersports. Rent a boat at Currahee Club and ride to Broken Bridges to fish or just relax. Enjoy paddling? Visit Tugaloo Bend and rent kayaks for an all-access tour down Tugaloo River. Stephens County Recreation Area has the Broken Bridge fishing pier and is one of 4 boat access ramps to Lake Hartwell.
We have pet-friendly dining options… Stop by Lake Toccoa for a delicious meal at Ping’s Grill. They offer gorgeous, pet-friendly patio seating. Afterward, you can enjoy a stroll around the lake on the boardwalk, book a paddleboat to enjoy the water, or play a round of golf.